Cynthia Pussinen

Chief Technical Officer • Spark Therapeutics

Cynthia Pussinen, who has more than 25 years of experience leading teams in manufacturing, quality, supply chain, formulation development and process sciences in the biopharma industry, serves as Spark’s Chief Technical Officer (CTO). As CTO, Cynthia oversees pipeline process development, preclinical and clinical manufacturing and the commercial manufacturing and distribution of LUXTURNA® (voretigene neparvovec-rzyl). The team Cynthia leads also includes Technology Strategy and Operations, Quality Assurance, Quality Control and Analytical Sciences, Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Development.

Previously, Cynthia served as Global Vice President and General Manager, Life Sciences and Specialty Chemicals for Honeywell International, Inc., where she developed and executed a comprehensive strategy designed for significant, sustained growth and innovation across multiple verticals including process automation and artificial intelligence (AI).

Prior to her role at Honeywell, she was the Executive Vice President, Technical Development, Operations and Supply Chain for Actinium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Cynthia also worked at Ipsen Biosciences, the U.S. subsidiary of Ipsen, serving as President and, prior to that, Vice President of Technical Operations and Development. She spent more than 18 years at Pfizer in a variety of roles including portfolio and project management, logistics and supply chain, pharmaceutical sciences and as a scientist in medicinal chemistry.

Cynthia holds a Master of Science in R&D management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor of Science in chemistry, with a minor in engineering from the University of Connecticut. She is lean six sigma certified, has been a mentor through the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association and is a past recipient of a WEST (Women in the Enterprise of Science and Technology) Giving Back Award.

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